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10 Simple Winter Pleasures for Family Fun

From hot chocolate to snow angels and fireplace popcorn, enjoy these simple pleasures of the winter season!

Winter may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it offers some rewards that no other season can boast. What’s your favorite thing about winter? Brewing up some delicious hot chocolate? Wearing mittens? Popping corn in the fireplace? Here are some of our favorite wintry pleasures.—Brett Leveridge

Guideposts: Mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon sticks

1 of 10 Hot Chocolate

Is there a better way to warm up on a frosty day? If there is, we’ve not discovered it.


Guideposts: Two young people enjoy a friendly snowball fight

2 of 10 Snowball Fights

There’s no better way to release a little energy (and have a few laughs) on a snowy day.

Guideposts: A family huddles around a checkers board in front of a roaring fire

3 of 10 Family Time

Frigid temps make for a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time indoors with those you love.


Guideposts: A snowman with a carrot for a nose and wearing a scarf and cap

4 of 10 Building a Snowman

There’s a reason this is the classic way to enjoy a snowy day with the kids. Don’t forget the corncob pipe!


Guideposts: A collection of mittens are hung to dry along a wall

5 of 10 Mittens

These fingerless gloves are the simplest of pleasures, but there’s something endlessly charming about them. They are a reminder of childhood and of winters gone by.


Guideposts: Two children lie in the snow making snow angels

6 of 10 Snow Angels

Making snow angels allows even the least creative among us to leave an artistic offering on a snowy landscape. Plus, they’re fun to make!


Guideposts: A long-handled popcorn popper is held out over the flames of a fireplace

7 of 10 Fireplace Popcorn

This is a fun snack to make with kids, and it’s a healthy treat, too (and if you don’t have a fireplace, an old-fashioned popper or even a covered pan on the stove will do the trick).
Photograph courtesy Alyssa Janco, creator of the blog A Study in Sweet.

Guideposts: A close-up shot of ice skaters' feet

8 of 10 Ice Skating

Whether you’re a whiz on the ice or a beginner who scoots along cautiously, trying not to fall, an afternoon of ice skating is an activity the whole family can enjoy.


Guideposts: Moonlight on the freshly fallen snow

9 of 10 Moonlight on Snow

There’s nothing like the glow of a full moon on a bed of freshly fallen snow.


Guideposts: A line of lengthy icicles hang from the eave of a home

10 of 10 Icicles

These sparkly spikes transform an average home into a fairytale cottage.

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